Owning two dogs is dirty (I’m sure those of you with kiddos would echo this sentiment as well) but with dirt and slobber, and fur everywhere you need cleaning products that work. However, you need them to be tough on mess without being chock full of manmade chemicals and toxins that to keep your (fur)babies safe. And yet, when you shopping for those gunk-free products they are super pricey. Enter DIY All Natural Cleaning Products!
When you buy in bulk and make cleaning products yourself, you know exactly what you’re spreading throughout your house and you save so much money. Plus, the five recipes below use the same seven ingredients, many of which you definitely already have in your pantry!
Distilled White Vinegar (Don’t substitute other vinegars, the acidity levels are different)
Fresh Lemon Juice
All Purpose Cleaner
Add 1/2 cup vinegar to one gallon of water. Pop into a spray bottle and use everywhere you’d use your regular cleaner. This is great in bathrooms, for counter tops, spraying down furniture, and any non-porous surface. Just make sure you avoid natural stone tile and granite- the acidity in the vinegar can damage the surface! Note: if you don’t like the smell of vinegar this isn’t for you (it will smell until it dries.) This all purpose cleaner can be stored in a cool, dry place.
Lemon All Purpose Cleaner
Mix 1.5 cups water with one tablespoon baking soda and one tablespoon lemon juice. Add to a spray bottle and use wherever you’d use your normal cleaner. (Same rules as above apply.) This solution is perfect for those who aren’t vinegar fans! This cleaner needs to be used all at once- and made each cleaning day!
Combine four cups of water, 1/2 vinegar, and and optional one teaspoon of dish soap (I use the Seventh Generation brand.) Add to a spray bottle and use a microfiber cloth to wipe down! This cleaner can be stored in a cool, dry place.
This recipe isn’t based on numbers- just add a heaping teaspoon of salt (a natural abrasive) to enough vinegar to cover the stain. Soak and then use a towel to blot up liquid. If stain is still present, cover the affected area with baking soda and leave until dry. The baking soda will draw up the stain and liquid, discoloring itself. Vacuum up the baking soda. This is perfect for potty training puppies!
Using a funnel if necessary, pour a cup of baking soda down a dry, clogged drain. Follow by adding 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide. The baking soda and hydrogen peroxide will react (think elementary school volcano, but not as messy!) and break down the clog. Follow by pouring boiling water down the drain to flush out any residue!
These five recipes are my go-to cleaners, but I am always looking for more! Do you have any favorite recipes? Let me know in the comments below!
Want to see a few of these in action? Take a peek at my YouTube video below.
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Hi Kait! First time visitor here, and I really like your blog! If you’re into non-toxic cleaning and have hard floors, get yourself a steam mop! I live with three older cats in a 1400 sq. foot condo, and between the litter box, fur, and constant hairballs, I feel like my floors are a petri dish most of the time. On the other hand, I really, really hate using harmful synthetic chemicals. Something that I feel has saved my sanity and my homekeeping is a steam mop. It sanitizes my floors to 220 degrees and requires no solvents, so I have beautiful, clean shiny floors (for at least an hour) without chemical residue or long-standing water taking forever to dry. It’s one of my favorite tools for a low-toxic home. I also really love how effective microfiber cloths are if you use them correctly. They’re a dusting lifesaver.
I don’t think I’ve ever even seen a steam mop- they sound WONDERFUL! And I completely hear you on an hour of cleanliness- I feel like I turn around and things are dirty!
Hi Kait! Love the blog, which I first saw on YouTube from watching videos of Tinkerbelle and Meeko. For carpet freshener when vacuuming, I like to mix baking soda with a favorite essential oil in combo with eucalyptus. Way cheaper than buying store brand and smells better! I mix up a big batch and store it and use it every time I vacuum. Usually leave it on the carpet for 10 minutes before vacuuming. Also, I’m not a big fan of vinegar, but I don’t want the hassle of mixing everyday, so I add several drops of a favorite essential oil to my vinegar and water solution. I tried this after waking a wall and the smell was burning my nostrils and eyes. So added oil and continued cleaning and it was much easier to clean with after that!
I have tired the lemon cleaner and must say it works great. Especially for cleaning the bathroom.